A P8I aircraft of the Indian Navy participated in ‘Exercise Sea Dragon 23’, the third edition of the coordinated multi-lateral ASW exercise for Long Range MR ASW aircraft, conducted by the US Navy. The exercise scheduled from 15-30 Mar 23, stressed on coordinated anti-submarine warfare amongst the participating countries.
The complexity and scope of these exercises has increased steadily over the past years to include advanced ASW drills. Ex Sea Dragon 23 tested the capabilities of participating aircraft in tracking simulated and live underwater targets, whilst also sharing mutual expertise.
The Exercise witnessed representation by an Indian Navy P8I, along with P8A of the US Navy, P1 from the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, CP 140 from the Royal Canadian Air Force and P3C from the RoKN. The Exercise aimed to achieve high levels of synergy and coordination between the friendly navies, which is based on their shared values and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific.
During classroom training sessions, pilots and flight officers from all countries build plans and discuss tactics incorporating the capabilities and equipment of their respective nations.
Each event will be graded, and the nation scoring the highest total points will receive the coveted Dragon Belt award.Thus an assessment at the end of the exercise on performance of the Indian Navy’s surveillance capability against missiles will be available.
With China having a flotilla of almost 60 submarines with at least 4 to 6 nuclear powered and Pakistan too featuring AIP powered craft the importance of submarine surveillance for the Indian Navy has increased